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July 2011 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




June 13-Aug. 25, Mondays and Thursdays only

Summer Film Festival: Free Family Movies

Come see family films with your little ones for free, all summer long. The theatre will also hand out vouchers for free kids meals at restaurants that participate in the shopping center.

10 am

Mann Westlake 8 Theatres, Westlake Promenade, 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village


June 14-Aug. 25; Tues. And Thurs. only

Free Family Movies at Mann Janss Marketplace

A different movie is shown each week so check the website for titles.

10 am

Mann Janss Marketplace

Moorpark Rd. And Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks


June 28-Aug. 25; Tuesdays only

Family Summer Concert Series

For six Tuesday evenings, enjoy family-friendly music, theater and fairies. Bring a picnic (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and get ready for fun.

5:30-7 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Regular admission prices. Adults: $8, Children (ages 5-12): $3, Children under 5: Free

June 12-Aug. 21

Saturdays and Sundays

Barnyard Madness with the Three Little Pigs

An old-fashioned musical revue for kids 2 to 102!

12:30 pm and 3 pm

Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica

Adults: $12.50; Children (12 and younger): $10.50

July 2-Sept. 3 Every Thursday and Saturday

Summer Music at the Pier

Come and enjoy the summer music concerts for all ages. Beach chairs are recommended.

6-8 pm

Redondo Beach Pier, Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach


July 2-4

July 4 Fireworks Spectacular

Your family will love

the inspiring patriotic music, a concert with Daryl Hall and John Oates, and the Bowl’s famous pyrotechnic display.

7:30 pm

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles

Adults: $12-$156; Children: $6-$78

July 2

Princess and the Pea

Designed to introduce live theatre to your children in a casual setting at the right price – free!

11:30 am

Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr., Westlake Village


July 2-Aug. 27

The Ford Amphitheatre's Big!World!Fun! Series Take part in eight Saturday morning hour-long music, dance, and theatre performances for children ages 4 to 10 and families.

Crafts at 9 am, Concert at 10


John Anson Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles

Adults $5, Children free, Parking $1

July 4

AmericaFest 2011

Fireworks at the Rose Bowl with an outside Barbecue Festival Food Court. Drum Corps International Performance and Military Tribute.

11 am-9: 30 pm

Pasadena Rose Bowl

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

$13; Children under 7 and active military: Free. Parking $20 per car

July 4

Main Street 4th of July Parade

Parade starts at City Hall with decorated floats, a Grand Marshall, marching bands and more.

9:30 am

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

1855 Main St., Santa Monica


July 4

Newport Harbor Independence Day Boat Parade

Come marvel at California's largest patriotic boat parade. Over 100 decorated vessels will participate.

1-5 pm

Balboa Island, Newport Beach


July 4

Sierra Madre 4th of July Celebration

Patriotic parade, followed by kids' games and live music by the Night Blooming Jazzmen.

Parade 10 am; Games and music 11 am-4 pm

Memorial Park

222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre


July 9

Family Amphitheater Performances

Zach Waldman, magician

Enjoy the talents of master L.A. magician Zach Waldman, known for his blend of magic and comedy.

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Performace is included with admission. Adults $15, Students $12 and children $10.

July 9

2nd Saturday at the Adobe

Bring a picnic lunch and explore the adobe through a tour and crafts for children. A jazz concert starts after dinner. The adobe will be open during that time as well for tours.

Summer Fun activities for kids: 1:30-3 pm; Jazz Concert: 5:30-7 pm

Reyes Adobe Historical Site

5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills

Suggested donation for the museum: Adults $3 and Children (ages 5-12) $1; the concert and kids activities are free.

July 9

Target Free Family Day: Once Upon a Time

Celebrate The Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo with a day of comics, anime, and stories for the whole family. Fold a samurai helmet and make a broccoli carrot slaw fit for a bunny, a prince or princess or just a hungry chef.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


July 10

Family Fundays

Aaron Nigel Smith

Aaron’s hip original songs keep the family moving and grooving.  His FUNdamentals of Music and

Movement enrichment program serves thousands of kids in cities around the country.

11 am

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga


July 10

Summer Family Fun

Performance by Sunflower Families Show, flower planting fun and a pot decorating workshop.

11 am

Farmer’s Market, 3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles


July 10

Sunday Afternoons for Kids:

Oh, the Monstrosity!

They come from under the bed or the depths of the sea or behind the curtain. We tell stories and draw pictures of them, in fear and admiration. Novelist and screenwriter Brian McGreevy leads participants in an exploration of—gulp—monsters! The workshop is appropriate for ages 8–13. Reservations are recommended.

12 pm

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd.,

Los Angeles

Free; Parking is available for $3 for three hours.

July 16

Fun and Discovery with Bubbles Show

A high-energy, fascinating, and interactive show that will teach you about bubbles from the inside out! Free with paid admission.

11 am and 1 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra

$7; free admission for children under 2 years of age

July 16

Rockin’ Truck Grub

Variety of gourmet food trucks and performances by a juggler a steel drummer and a DJ.

11:30 am-5 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Free admission and free parking

July 17

Bastille Day L.A. Festival

L.A. Street performers, Parisian Waiters Race, a Provencal Petanque Tournament and French food.

12-9 pm

Monticello Old Lodge

Elysian park, Stadium Way and Scott Ave., Los Angeles

$5; Children ages 12 and younger: Free

July 20-24

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s “Fully Chraged"

Bring your family to see breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that will energize children of all ages!


Staples Center

1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles


Save $4/ticket: Use MOM on Ticketmaster and SAVE!

July 23-Aug. 27

Movies on the Green

Outdoor, family-friendly movies have become a tradition at Warner Park. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic!

Movies begin one half-hour after sunset.

Warner Park

Topanga Canyon and Califa, Woodland Hills

Free; parking is $8 in designated lots

July 23-24

Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival

Bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy Surf, Caribbean and Reggae bands, special shows, tropical foods, kids' games, Earths School Science activities, booths and displays.

11 am-6 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks


July 23

Kids in the Courtyard: Animal Mash-ups

Mix and match parts from different animals indigenous to Nigeria— like bushcows, antelopes, monkeys, and crocodiles— to create fusion masks inspired by those in Central Nigeria Unmasked.

Presented along with our Fela-bration!, with live music and more!

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Free; use parking lot 4

July 26

JetBlue and PBS KIDS Soar with Reading

Award-winning co-creator of the graphic novels series Babymouse and Squish Matthew Holm will read from one of his popular books and do drawing demonstrations. PBS KIDS host Mr. Steve will perform and PBS KIDS characters Hooper and Super Why will also be there.

11 am-12:30 pm

City of Inglewood Public Library - Main Branch

101 W. Manchester Ave.,



July 27-Aug. 7

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s “Fully Charged”

Bring your family to see breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that will energize children of all ages!


Honda Center

2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim


Save $4/ticket or get a family four-pack for $48: Use MOM on Ticketmaster and SAVE!

July 29-31

Citrus Classic Balloon Festival

Flotilla of floating balloons, rides are offered on tethered balloons, car and motorcycle show, blimp air show and youth rodeo roping demo.

5 am-10 pm

18249 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula


July 30

Movies in the Park

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Bring a blanket, picnic and a jacket to this free summer family activity.

7:00 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Free admission, free parking.

July 30-31

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Tasting tent, recipe contest, live Salsa and Latin jazz bands, kids corner activities and food vendors.

11 am-7 pm

Plaza Park

545 South A St., Oxnard

Free admission

July 30-31

Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Cajun chefs, a giant food court, a crawfish feast, magicians and storytellers, jumpers, a dance floor, and live music.

Sat: 12 pm-11 pm, Sun.: 12 pm-10 pm

Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Drive

Long Beach

Adults: $15, Children under 13: Free. Save on tickets through a presale on the festival’s website.

July 30

Malibu Arts Festival

See award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and other unique artisans.

10 am-6 pm

County Lot

23555 Stuart Ranch Rd.,



July 30

Family Amphitheater Performances

Wildlife On Wheels shares a variety of amazing exotic animals, from the scaly to the furry, and discusses the roles they play in their natural habitats.

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with admission: Adults $15, Students $12, Children $10

July 31

Story Pirates

The Geffen Playhouse presents stories by students from around the country plus stories created on the spot by audience members. The performance is a celebration of the writing and creativity of children of all abilities.

1 pm and 3 pm

The Help Group, Autism Center Theater

13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Free, Reservations required. Email